Beshayer Alrum

BSc, MSc Health Policy

School of Health and Related Research

PhD research student

Beshayer Alrum STAFF
baalrum1@sheffield.ac.uk

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Beshayer Alrum
School of Health and Related Research
1.03, Desk 317, First Floor, The Innovation Centre
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I joined the School of Health and Related Research in January 2019 to pursue my ambition to improve the lives of emergency medical care providers, and especially those who work in non-Western regions.

In my PhD, I am exploring ways to adapt existing interventions that help EMS personnel mitigate or manage the effects of posttraumatic stress to fit the local context of the United Arab Emirates, where little research has been done in this area. I aim to better understand the strategies and pathways that shape effective interventions for reducing posttraumatic stress among this group of professionals. This will, in turn, mitigate staff members’ risk of developing adverse mental health conditions, helping them to remain in their jobs.

I obtained my master’s degree in health policy from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical services from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai in partnership with HACC University in Pennsylvania, United States. In my master’s thesis, I explored the factors that contribute to high levels of occupational stress and burnout among emergency department healthcare professionals through a systematic literature review.

My work experience includes working as a paramedic for almost five years at Dubai Ambulance and later as a clinical supervisor for three years at the same organisation. I am very passionate about my research because it is related to my personal experience, and hence, I view my work as a problem-driven research.

Research Title:

Tailoring interventions to reduce or prevent posttraumatic stress symptoms amongst emergency medical service personnel in the United Arab Emirates: A qualitative study

Research interests

My research interests:

  • Posttraumatic stress and burnout in EMS personnel
  • Issues associated with the mental health help-seeking attitudes of emergency responders/rescuers
  • The effects of mental health and well-being on the care provided by emergency medical personnel 
  • The influence of culture on the experience of psychological trauma 
Research group

Supervisors

  • Lead Supervisor: Professor Scott Weich
  • Second Supervisor: Dr Rachel O'Hara